City, county close to ordering schematic designs for shared law enforcement facility
Steamboat Springs — The city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County are another big step closer to their goal of building a shared law enforcement facility together next to the Routt County Jail.
The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with the county that will dedicate $215,506 to the creation of the schematic designs for the facility.
The city will pay $129,304 of the cost of the plans, while the county is planning to pitch in $86,202.
The costs are proportional to how much of the facility each government entity is planning to use.
“Never before have we made it this far, and this is a big commitment,” Police Chief Cory Christensen said. “This is a big step forward, and it’s really encouraging both the commissioners and the council are very positive in making this happen.”
Routt County Commissioner Tim Corrigan said the commissioners will consider approving the MOU next week.
He said the commissioners are committed to contributing toward the schematic, but they might seek to shrink the cost of the schematic a little bit.
“We’re happy to see this continue to move forward,” Corrigan said. “We still have some concerns about exactly how we’re going to go about funding this, but I think those are details we can work out.”
Corrigan said with a projected commitment now of more than $5 million, the county’s investment in the project has grown considerably.
“I don’t see this project not getting done, we just need to deal with the details and get to the finish line,” he said.
The city and the county are now hoping to break ground on the new facility in 2018.
Christensen said a timeline for the next steps is being put together.
The city and the council will also have to come to agreements on how much each side should pay for such things as electricity and information technology services in the facility.
Christensen said those costs would be addressed in an intergovernmental agreement.
He added the county recently made the decision to have the administrative offices for the Sheriff’s Office be in the new shared facility instead of in the current building.
Christensen said he thinks the move will lead to further cooperation between the two agencies.
“We’ll just be feet away from each other,” he said.
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